I was born in Buffalo, NY, but moved to Florida at a young age so I'm technically a "Florida Cracker." I grew up in Sarasota (go Pine View Pythons!), went to college in Gainesville (go Gators!), and settled into the Port Charlotte area about 20 years ago (what do we cheer for here anyway?).
When my dreams of becoming a Calvin Klien underwear model fell through (I know...look at me! How could they turn me down?) I fell back on the only thing I've ever been any good at - radio broadcasting (how sad is that??). I joined KIX Country 19 years ago and I've seen a lot of things change in that time. The community around me has changed a lot, and the radio business has changed more than I ever thought possible.
Many locals remember I used to have a radio partner, Bob Alexander. Sadly the shrinking economy forced many businesses, including ours, to downsize and now I'm flying solo. That's one of the changes I could really have done without, honestly. I'm probably not supposed to even say that - but I've always been an open book on the radio and I'm too old and stubborn to stop now. Besides, the boss never reads these things anyway. Really! Watch me thumb my nose at the establishment: hey boss - I've been stealing used coffee filters for years! Wow...getting that off my chest was a thrill.
One of the more positive changes in the radio business has been the opportunity for a little town "deejay" to broadcast to a much larger audience, now that we're "nationwide" on I Heart Radio. Be sure to download the app for your smart-phone or tablet today (Sorry, they make me say that). But it's always a blast to hear from people listening in other parts of the country. Even if most of the time they're contacting me just to let me know how stupid my latest opinion was.
Nowadays I call Deep Creek in Charlotte County home, along with my incredible wife Stephane and our baby-boy (of the furry variety) Tooie - an eight pound Pomeranian.
All in all it's been a crazy ride over the last couple of decades - anyone here during Hurricane Charlie can attest to that! I'm hoping that I'll be able to celebrate my 20th anniversary with this station (in November of 2013), but that largely will depend on the local economy. If things get bettter - I'll still be here, so please go out and buy all the new cars, furniture and mattresses you can afford! The more YOU spend, the more likely there will be a need for me to stay put. So, by all means, run up a butt-load of debt and let's make this thing happen!
Seriously, thank you for a long and rewarding gig so far. And by rewarding I mean mentally, emotionally and even spiritually - but certainly NOT financially. Not a complaint, just a clarification!
Good Morning Kix Country
We will be making our third ticket stop of the year today at noon for the upcoming 2012 Kixmas Ball featuring the highly accomplished country superstar Travis Tritt who is headlining the event.
The Kix Cruiser and I will on site at Shawn and Company Hair Salon from Noon till 1:30 pm today selling tickets for fifteen dollars a piece, we value our loyal listeners so much that we have decided to give you a special deal in which five purchased tickets will net you a sixth one for free on the station.
Angus T. Jones who is better known as Jake Harper on Two and a Half Men recently came out with a bold statement,it is more shocking that he came out with this statement despite still being signed on as actor for the show. Angus claims in this video that the show is filth and pleads with viewers to stop watching the show, he speaks briefly on the power that themes of the show can have on the subconscious on the human mind in addition to going as far to vaguely identifying the show as the work of the "enemy". While we respect all religions and philosphies here at the station, we did think this was an interesting watch and worthy of sharing with you.
Note: the claims and coming out are made at the 7 minute and thirty second mark in the video.
Here is a good natured video of some recreational divers off the coast of Mexico who came across a Whale Shark which was in distress from a rope wrapped around it's body, they cut the rope free and the whale shark lived to fight another day.
Former College Cheerleader Jalyessa Walker has just set the world record for most consecutive backflips, she far surpassed the previous record of 35 back flips when she executed 49 back flips at the halftime of a UTEP and Rice football game this past weekend, she went end zone to end zone in this video... check it out.
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